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senate intelligence committee. our guests include mike lee, david hawkings, and brenda lawrence. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern thursday morning. join the discussion. next, vice president mike pence talks about the administration's effort to reestablish the marshal space council. the vice president also welcomed the next class of astronaut candidates. this event was held at nasa's johnson space center in houston. >> thank you, robert. to governor abbott, senator cruz, to our great acting administrator in robert lightfoot. the director ellen ochoa and the
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nasa team at johnson space center. i can't tell you how privileged and honored i feel today to be able to congratulate the newest class of american heroes, the 2017 class of america's astronauts. these are 12 men and women whose personal excellence and personal courage will carry our nation to greater heights and discovery and who i know will inspire our children and grandchildren every bit as much as your forebearers have done so in this storied american program. and to this newest class of astronauts it's my honor to bring the sincere congratulations of the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [ applause ]
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your president is proud of you. and so am i. and president donald trump is firmly committed to nasa's noble mission, leading america in space. [ applause ] earlier this year after the signs of the first nasa authorization act in seven years, the president renewed in his words our national commitment to nasa's mission of exploration and discovery, the president said that we must have, in his words, the courage to look for answers in places that we've never looked before and to think in new ways. he said these new discoveries remind us that here in america, anything is possible if we have the courage and the wisdom to
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lead. now for my part it really is a joy for this lifelong nasa fan to be standing here at the johnson space center on my birthday, no less. [ applause ] this really is a special place. think about it, for more than half a century this center has guided astronauts in their exploration of the heavens. you have managed 211 of america's crewed missions into space from gemini iv in 1965 to the international space station at this very moment. here you've navigated the first members of the human family to the moon, brought the crew of
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apollo 13 back home safe and sound and you walk america's astronauts through their work as they walk above us in space. i caught space fever as a little boy in a small town in southern indiana. and some of my most cherished memories were my family gathered around that black and white television watching the images of your predecessors expanding human knowledge with american leadership and american courage. as a member of congress i asked to serve on the nasa subcommittee and had the privilege with my wife and our three children to attend many shuttle launches at the kennedy space center. i have no doubt that my son was inspired to put on the uniform and to get in the cockpit from that one day that we sat in the
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grandstands when he was 10 years old and watched with awe as america's heroic astronauts hurled into the heavens. i remember i said at the time and have thought ever since that to see a launch, especially at night, cape canaveral it's like seeing the earth giving birth to a piece of the sun and sending it home. the courage of these men and women and all the astronauts who have gone before inspires me to this very day. america's marvel at our astronauts. only 338 americans have ever held the title of american astronaut. while their numbers may be few their accomplishments have been legion and the tales of our astronauts are a testament to the indomitable spirit of the united states of america. they have inspired not only the
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american people but all the world with their extraordinary courage and achievements. the names of their missions adorn the mantle of american greatness, mercury, gemini, apollo, our space shuttles from atlantis to sbrerz sbrenterpris and more. the mercury 7, sally ride and all the men and women who took our nation to new heights. but it's not just the astronauts. as you 12 know already and you're going to learn a lot more in the days ahead. we couldn't go anywhere without the dedication of the more than 17,000 men and women of nasa and the extraordinary contractors who send you to the heavens and bring you home. [ applause ]
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and let me make a promise to all of them and these courageous newly minted heroes on this stage, our administration, this will be true. nasa will have the resources and supports you need to continue to make history. to push the boundaries of human knowledge and advance american leadership to the boundless frontier of space. [ applause ] under president donald trump, america will lead in space once again. and the world will marvel. [ applause ] president trump, though, recognizes that america needs a coherent and cohesive approach
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to the last and greatest frontier. that's why i'm especially excited to announce after more than two decades from when it was disbanded that soon president trump will relaunch the national space council and it will be my great honor as vice president of the united states to chair the new national space council in washington, d.c. [ applause ] america needs a national space council once again. twice before in our nation's history our nation has had a federal body charged with advising our president on policy for space. the first marshalled america's energy and skills during our infancy in the attempts to reach the starts. america put the first man in outer space and put a man on the moon in less than a decade
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between. the national space council will reenergize the pioneering spirit of america in space and ensure that america never again loses our lead in space exploration, innovation and technology. as president trump said in his inaugural address we will continue to unlock the mysteries of space. but to do so we must reorient our civilian space program toward deep space exploration and provide the capabilities for america to maintain a constant presence in low-earth orbit and beyond. you know, the american spirit is as limitless as space itself. and by tapping the bottomless well of collaboration with commercial space industries we can seize opportunities that will benefit our nation and our people for generations to come. history has been made in these halls and today we're making history once again. behind me stand 12 men and women
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who have already soared to tremendous heights in their careers. the newest class of america's astronauts. you 12 have already distinguished yourselves as administrator lightfoot just mentioned more than 18,300 applied for this class. you the 12 who made it through. you have joined the elite. you are the best of us. you carry on your shoulders the hopes and dreams of the american people and i would imagine that your families many who are gathered here feel an almost inexpressible pride that you have chosen to become astronauts. let's give these families another round of applause. [ applause ]
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you know, there's an old saying when you see a box turtle on a fence post one thing you know for sure, he didn't get there on his own. i know for every one of you those gathered here and those looking on have been there to lift you up and hold up your arms and bring you to this extraordinary moment in your life. it's amazing to think what you have accomplished so many americans have dreamed about. they have and they'll keep dreaming about it in generations to come. it was a flight of fancy for a little boy in columbus, indiana, but for you that flight became your future and that dream has become your destiny. in the years to come you will depart from this blue marble and take your place among the role
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of america's legends who have broken past the bonds of earth. now their legacy falls to you and you will chart a path into the unknown. as american astronauts you may yet return our nation to the moon. you may be the first to travel to mars, you may have experiences we can only imagine. as you go forward be assured the american people stand with you. and countless men and women behind the scenes will carry you into space and stand with you as well. make no mistake about it as president john f. kennedy said not far from here back in 1962, we know you choose to do these things not because they are easy but rather in his words, because they are hard because that challenge is one you're willing to accept unwilling to postpone
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and that is a challenge as president kennedy said, one which we intend to win. let me say to these astronauts and all that are gathered here, we will win. under the leadership of president donald trump the united states will usher in a new era of space exploration that will benefit every facet of our national life. it will will strengthen our economy as we unlock new opportunities and new sources of prosperity. it will strengthen education and inspiring a rising generation of americans to study science, technology, engineering and math and more than anything else as the president believes in deep conviction it will strengthen the american spirit as once again we reach out our hands and gaze with wonder at the stars and the heroes that have the
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courage to explore them. you 12 will be part of our vanguard. you're the heroes. you're the patriots, the trailblazers in the best american tradition. and you're humbled to be among that group. to the 12 members of this new class of american astronauts, i say congratulations. you've already captured the respect and admiration of your peers and when you lift off the launch pad, to boldly go, you'll capture the imagination of your nation and the world. and i believe with all of my heart that when you go, you will not go alone. for as the psalmist teaches us, if you rise on the wings of the dawn, if you go up to the heavens, even there his hand will guide you. and his right hand will hold you fast. as you begin this journey, know
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that you will be carried by grace and by the prayers of the american people. so godspeed to the class of 2017. may god guide you and bless you. may god bless nasa, may god bless the united states. the senate intelligence committee released former fbi director jim comey's written statement ahead of his appearance before the committee. here's a headline from "the economist." "james comey is to testify that donald trump demanded loyalty."
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the article mentions an oval office meeting on february 14th in which, said mr. comey, the president told him, "i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go." read more at economist.com. we'll have live coverage of former director comey's testimony before the senate intelligence committee starting at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. you can watch it at cspan.org and listen using the c-span radio app. this sunday, q&a is in hyde park, new york, at the franklin d. roosevelt presidential library and museum where we go inside for a rare look at fdr's personal office and collection of artifacts. with paul sparrow, the museum's director. >> this library opened in june 1941. he was still president of the united states so this became essentially the foreign oval office. fdr had an

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